Thursday, May 14, 2009

Downright peculiar behavior

As you are probably aware, it’s not just the American auto manufacturers that are being hit hard by this global recession. Toyota announced a net loss of $7.7 billion in the first three months of 2009 which is even more than GM lost in all of last year.

As a consequence, employees are being asked to find ways to save money and, in particular, at the Woodstock plant in Ontario, Canada, where the RAV4 crossover is manufactured, the employees are being charged with finding $100 million in annual savings from the operation of that plant.

Among the ideas: instead of spending $16,000 to hire a contractor to build a conveyor belt for delivering bins of parts to a section of the assembly line, workers designed and installed their own, for $700.

(italics, ours)

Exit question: "Small potatos", you may say, but would you see this sort of initiative and action at a union-dominated Big 3 plant?

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